Associate Professor Enzo Porrello

 - Chief Investigator

Research focus: Molecular mechanisms that guide heart development and regeneration

Associate Professor Porrello is Head of the Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory in the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland. Associate Professor Porrello received his Ph.D. from The University of Melbourne in 2009 and subsequently undertook postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center (USA) in the laboratory of Dr Eric Olson. Associate Professor Porrello’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern cardiac regenerative capacity in neonatal mammals. His laboratory has a major interest in understanding the epigenetic mechanisms that govern cardiomyocyte maturation and proliferative capacity including the role of non-coding RNAs. Research tools in the Porrello lab include in vivo neonatal and adult surgical models of cardiac regeneration and repair, in vitro cardiomyocyte culture systems, and human stem cell-derived cardiac tissues for developmental/disease modeling and drug screening. Associate Professor Porrello currently holds an NHMRC/NHF C.J. Martin postdoctoral fellowship and a UQ postdoctoral fellowship. His laboratory is supported by grants from the NHMRC and UQ.